Matter of fact

I am an intellectual and cultural historian of early modern science. My research focuses on the question of the common origin and development of the early modern sciences and humanities.

I am a recipient of a European Union Marie Curie Fellowship with Princeton University and the University of Venice, Ca’ Foscari (2021-2023). I am working with Anthony Grafton and Marco Sgarbi on a project titled “Antiquitates. Empirical Knowledge and Antiquarian Architecture in Sixteenth-Century Venice.”

I am currently preparing a monograph titled The Early Modern Study of Ancient Measures in Comparative Perspective, 1500-1800 (under contract with Oxford University Press, Oxford-Warburg Studies series).


Recent work:

“The Early Modern Study of Ancient Measures in Comparative Perspective: A Preliminary Investigation.” In: Dmitri Levitin and Ian Maclean, eds., The Worlds of Knowledge and the Classical Tradition in the Early Modern Age: Comparative Approaches. Brill (2021)

Editor of The Exploration and Experimentation on the Weight and Density of Substances in the Sixteenth and Early Seventeenth Centuries, Special Issue of Early Science and Medicine 25.4 (2020)

Johannes Kepler and the Exploration of the Weight of Substances in the Long Sixteenth Century. Early Science and Medicine, 25.4 (2020)

Alchemy and the Electric Spirit in Isaac Newton’s General Scholium. in S. Ducheyne, S. Mandelbrote and S. Snobelen (eds.), Newton’s General Scholium After 300 Years. Brill (forthcoming, 2022)

Beyond Recipes. The Baconian Natural and Experimental Histories as an Epistemic Genre. Centaurus 62.3 (2020)